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November 14, 2007

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Is this the Next New World Record Whitetail?

Before I left for an Iowa bowhunt last week, my friend and host Sam called to tell me how perfectly I’d timed my visit. “Things are just popping now,” he said. “When bucks are behaving like this, you could tag a big one in three or four days.” Unfortunately, Sam doesn’t realize the dramatic cool-down effect I can have on a hot rut, and of course I remained true to form. Saw a giant deer chasing a doe the first afternoon, and then…nothing but small bucks for the better part of 5 days.

Despite my black-cloud persona, I remain totally jazzed about this deer season. I’m in the process of tracking down several good deer stories, which I hope to post in a day or two. In the meantime, here’s some eye candy: This live-buck photo was sent to me by a deer expert whose identity will remain a secret, largely because this amazing whitetail is still walking. And, my expert (a B&C scorer who’s measured thousands of whitetail racks) feels that, if this buck is shot this fall, it would likely break the world record for a hunter-harvested, non-typical whitetail.

The natural assumption is that this is a pen-raised deer, but my source is emphatic that this is a free-ranging animal. The photo was shot by a landowner in August, and the buck is frequently seen on his farm. He does not allow hunting, though the neighboring properties (certainly within the buck’s home range) are hunted. I had to promise that I wouldn’t divulge the region, but I can say it is not a traditional trophy-producing area. At any rate, if this Walking World Record is eventually shot, you can say that you saw the buck on Buck Tracker. If I discover this is a pen-raised deer or some other hoax…I’ll be the first to let you know (and apologize!).


One interesting note: Getting photos of a free-ranging, gigantic whitetail before it is harvested is not without precedent. Tony Lovstuen’s Iowa non-typical was photographed several times in the seasons before the deer was shot. In fact, a deer hunting magazine did a feature article on the buck that contained several live photos of it. It will be interesting if this huge whitetail follows a similar story line. Stay tuned to Buck Tracker!


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The way antler-porn has gotten out of hand someone will be offering the landowner thousands of dollars for a chance @ the GIANT buck.



B.F.D.! I agreen with the comment posted by jstreet.

Location of photo- 3 Mile Island.

Troy Stirman

Location of deer- White Sands Missile Range, America's first nuclear test site!


That has to be a pen raised deer. It dosent even look like a trail camera photo, a deer will not let you get that close if he is wild.

Blue Ox



It might be nice to have a "record", but that would make one nasty looking mount. He had better taste good.

dave c

that deer never will get all the velvet rubbed off

Least outdoorsy person you'll ever meet

Call me weird, but I'm voting for a hoax. I thought it was a little 'antler hat' tied on top of a tame deer's head.

OK. Unlikely. But I'm still voting HOAX. :)


If it is a penned deer, maybe Troy Gentry would want to "hunt" it.

He did so well killing that penned bear a couple of years back.

What an outdoorsman!


how big do you think he is


I agree with Nathan. I have three different kind of game cams, and none of them are that clear. Besides you would have a date and time on the pic.

yo mom

it looks like two racks locked together
one from another deer

Frank Fox

No way is this a free-roaming deer. This has got to be some penned freak from a breeding facility.


its a hoax. look how big he is.looks like some ones
been feeding him.

he looks like a decoy if you look closey at his head

he looks like a decoy if you look closey at his head

holy shit!

casey schultz

that's a nice rack, but he's about as pen raised as my pig, sue


The reason there is no date on the picture is that it was probably a camera other than a trail cam. The landowner does not hunt, so it is unlikely he has a trail cam. To get this close it may even been fed by the land owner. That looks like grass we have in Waupaca County...


Ever heard of zoom lenses?


This is a photo of a captive deer. Just look up a deer named "Goliath"


Tyler, you might be on to something here. I just took a quick look, and both pictures appear to be from the same deer. Also, on both picture, the deer has a little back spot in between both shoulder blades.

Jerry Muller

Pen raised if you think its not you probably believe that bigfoot and the tooth ferry are real too. would you like to buy some ocean beach front lots in colorado?


i have to agree with jstreet on troy gentry,lol

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